Porcelain Crowns are Durable, Natural-Looking Restorations in Walnut Creek, CA
Porcelain crowns are a common, minimally invasive restoration that can last many years if cared for properly. Dr. Schmedding is a board-certified dentist in Walnut Creek, CA, with years of experience installing porcelain crowns for patients of all ages. He specializes in using them to restore chipped or damaged teeth or to cap more complex procedures like implants or root canals.
Whatever your symptoms or goals, Dr. Schmedding is available to talk you through the process, and inform you about the materials available for your restoration, helping you become an active participant in your own care.
Porcelain Crowns vs. Metallic Crowns
The two most common types of crowns are natural-looking porcelain and durable metallic crowns. Both are reliable, effective solutions when crowns are called for, but each has its own unique benefits.
Porcelain crowns are made of tooth-colored materials that can be shaped to fit your natural teeth seamlessly. They’re often the most natural-looking option, and once installed, they can be practically invisible to the naked eye. They’re durable and can last many years if cared for properly.
Caring for your crowns are as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and cleanings with Dr. Schmedding will significantly reduce the chance of decay, and absent of any unexpected trauma, your crowns should last a long time.
What to Expect from Porcelain Crowns
Once installed, your porcelain crowns will blend in, matching the look and feel of your natural teeth. The installation process is low impact and typically takes place over two visits.
First, Dr. Schmedding will prepare the problem tooth, smoothing it to the ideal shape for your crown. He’ll then take an impression, which is sent to the lab. They will fabricate your porcelain crown using a model made from that impression, shading the crown to match the coloring of your natural teeth. While the restoration is being prepared, you’ll receive a natural-looking temporary crown.
Once your crown is ready, you’ll come back for the final visit. The installation of your new porcelain crown is a painless, easy process. Dr. Schmedding will replace the temporary crown with your final restoration and cement it in place. He’ll make any final adjustments necessary, making sure your bite is comfortable and easy. Once you and Dr. Schmedding are happy with the look and feel of your crown, you’ll be ready to head home.